The Crane Wife
illustrated by Suekichi Akaba
published in 1987


Appropriate age:
Older Kid (age 8-11)
Genres: Fiction, Nonfiction
Cultures: Japan, Asia Oceania
Subject: Myth


A farmer marries a beautiful stranger, not realizing she is the crane he has recently rescued from death. To help provide for them, she weaves beautiful cloth, cautioning her husband he must not watch her at work. When he breaks his promise, sees her agony, and learns her secret, he loses everything he holds dear. ALA Notable Children's Book.